Diamond Cats to play Iola next
By Erik Buchinger
The Clintonville Diamond Cats suffered their first loss of the Legion State Baseball Tournament in a 6-1 defeat to West Salem on Thursday, July 27 in Clintonville.
West Salem took an early lead in the second inning on Braxton Ghelfi’s bases-loaded double with two outs to plate three runs.
Alex Jeranek shut Clintonville batters down, as he threw a complete game and allowed one unearned run on four hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts for the win.
Jeranek also hit 4-for-4 with a double and one run scored.
West Salem added two more runs in the fourth inning and scored another in the seventh to make it a 6-0 deficit for Clintonville.
On the mound for Clintonville, Nathan Krueger threw all seven innings and gave up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The Diamond Cats’ lone run came on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Clintonville dropped to 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament and will play Iola in an elimination game on Friday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Don Jirschele Field at W.A. Olen Park.